Harvey Gulf Expands Fleet and Signs Long Term Contracts

At a time when other vessel operators are stacking vessels and reducing fleet size, Harvey Gulf International Marine continues to set itself apart by signing four non-cancelable, long term contracts for stacked vessels and taking delivery of two new vessels, as well as redelivery of vessel reconfigured for subsea services.

Harvey Gulf announced the signing of long term contracts for the MPSV Harvey Intervention, 175' FSV Harvey Hustler, 180' FSV Harvey Runner and 220' FSV Harvey Express. These charters follow Harvey Gulf’s recent agreement with Delta Subsea to outfit the previously stacked M/V Harvey Steeler to provide ROV and survey services.

The Harvey Intervention was redelivered in April, 2017 with increased accommodations, totaling 75 persons and a new NOV 165 MT AHC ultra deep-water knuckle boom crane. This crane gives the Intervention 180FT OF HOOK HEIGHT, more than any other US or foreign flagged MPSV crane vessel of its size, and capability of lowering sub-sea equipment to 3,600 meters.

Last week, Harvey Gulf took delivery of the 310' OSV Harvey Freedom, its fourth LNG OSV, which immediately joined its sister vessels and began a five-year charter signed with Shell Oil in May of 2016. The next day, Harvey took delivery of the 340' class MPSV Harvey Sub-Sea. The Harvey Sub-Sea extends the boundaries for her class of vessels. She has a NOV 250MT AHC Knuckle Boom Crane with 4000 meters of wire, all of which are stored below deck, increasing the working deck load parameters. The Sub-Sea sleeps 150 persons in 87 one and two man rooms with an amazing client suite. The moon-pool is 24’ X 24’with strengthening around the perimeter, enabling lowering equipment to be fitted in the area. The vessel is fitted with a 1” thick steel deck with a rating of 10mT per square meter and coffer dams below that allow for efficient welding and cargo securing cargo. This vessel truly demonstrates Jones Act vessels are here and ready for service.

4HarveyGulfHarvey Sub-Sea and sister ship, Harvey Blue-Sea, expected delivery July 2017

Harvey Gulf CEO Shane Guidry commented, “We are very thankful during this downturn that our clients still demand safety, operational excellence, and the newest technology, all of which only Harvey Gulf can deliver. We've worked 1363 days without a recordable incident and met our goal zero for the last 3.75 years. We have also achieved a 99.2 percent uptime utilization on contract, limiting mechanical downtime to .08 percent. No other company in our industry performs like we do at Harvey. My executive team and I are involved in every aspect of our business, day and night, and the numbers show it. We produce more EBDITA than all of our publically traded peer group combined. And we've done this quarter over quarter, with our SG&A approximately 70 percent less than the average of our publically traded peer group, enabling us to deliver the best service at the right price.

Bollinger Announces Arrival Of 4,000 Ton Drydock at the Bollinger Algiers Facility

Bollinger Shipyards has announced the arrival of the drydock “Mrs. Jody” with a total lifting capacity of 4,000 tons at Bollinger Algiers.

3Bollinger MrsJodyDrydock “Mrs. Jody” arrives at Bollinger Algiers.

The announcement was made by Bollinger C.E.O. & President Ben Bordelon, “We are very pleased to announce the arrival of the “Mrs. Jody” at Bollinger Algiers. This drydock will position us well in the diverse customer markets that we serve, and will further enhance our position in the market with lifting capacity needed by our customers.”

The “Mrs. Jody” drydock measures 198-ft. x 76-ft. between the wing walls and has lifting capacity of 4,000 tons. Bollinger has two (2) commercial dry-docks located in Algiers with a combined lifting capacity of 5,800 tons.

Bollinger Algiers, a full service shipyard with an on-site machine shop, is located on the Mississippi River across from downtown New Orleans and provides service to both the inland and offshore marine transportation sectors.

Vessel Demonstrates Capability of U.S. Domestic Fleet to Perform Work Currently Being Done by Foreign Fleet

Harvey Gulf International Marine has announced the delivery of the first of two, large capacity Multi Purpose Support Vessels (MPSV) scheduled for 2017 deliveries, significantly enhancing the domestic Jones Act Fleet. This first vessel, the M/V HARVEY SUB-SEA, is a “best in class” Jones Act-qualified vessel that has the technical capabilities to efficiently, effectively and safely perform high quality field development activities that are currently being performed by a foreign fleet.


As U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) finalizes a decision to revoke previous letter rulings inconsistent with the lawful enforcement of the Jones Act that permitted the use of foreign-flag vessels for subsea construction, inspection and maintenance activities, this delivery of the M/V HARVEY SUB-SEA clearly demonstrates the capacity and capability of Jones Act qualified vessels to immediately perform the necessary work. This delivery is part of an industry-wide $2 billion investment since 2009 to ensure the Jones Act fleet has capacity to meet the needs of the offshore industry.

“Today ends the debate as to whether the U.S. Jones Act fleet of MPSV’s is capable of doing work that foreign vessels have been doing illegally in the Gulf for many years. The Harvey Sub-Sea has the size, crane capacity, deck space, accommodation, equipment, and station keeping capability equivalent to, or better than, her foreign competitors,” said Mr. Shane Guidry, Chairman and CEO of Harvey Gulf. “The Harvey Sub-Sea can perform a broad spectrum of subsea installations and removals, inspection, repair and floatel services. It can be equipped to lay umbilicals and cables and perform well-intervention and hydrate remediation operations. If there is a MPSV job needed in the Gulf, she can do it.”

4 2Harvey Sub Sea and sister ship Harvey Blue SeaHarvey Sub-Sea and sister ship, Harvey Blue-Sea, expected delivery July 2017

The M/V HARVEY SUB-SEA is a Jones Act compliant 327’ x 73’ x 29’ MPSV, equipped with a 250-ton knuckle boom, heave compensated crane with 4000’ of wire. The crane’s winch is below deck, expanding her lifting capacity and enabling loads of 107 metric tons to be delivered to water depths of 12,000 ft. The Sub-Sea has 150 berths, all in 1 or 2 person rooms, 13,000 sq. ft. of deck space and a 24’ x 24’moon pool. It has a S61 (Heavy) Helideck and meets ABS DP2, SPS Code and MLC 2006 certification requirements, among many others.

Damen InvaSave Port-Based Ballast Water Management System Has World Premiere

7InvaSave port based BWMS 1 low resOn April 25th Damen’s award-winning and IMO certified InvaSave ballast water management system (BWMS) received its world premiere in front of an invited audience courtesy of Groningen Seaports at the harbour of Delfzijl and Eemshaven, The Netherlands. This marks the culmination of a seven-year programme to develop an effective mobile BWMS for use in ports.

The premiere was a joint presentation between Damen Shipyards, the designated operator MariFlex and Groningen Shipyards, as well as Royal Wagenborg. This was the first time that the InvaSave has been used by a commercial operator. The newly launched MV Egbert Wagenborg was brought alongside a quay and the containerised InvaSave 300 mounted on a barge in front of the bow. Ship-to-ship operator MariFlex then quickly connected the vessel and InvaSave using a convenient standard hose connection. The ballast water was then pumped out of the ship and passed through the InvaSave for treatment before being released into the harbour.

The operation was witnessed by representatives from port operators and authorities, ship owners and other maritime organisations. Anneke Schäfer, Director of Nature and Environment Federation Groningen, gave a speech welcoming the arrival of this new technology before officially turning it on. While the treatment process was taking place, the guests were also entertained by a water jet flyboard performing acrobatics in the harbour.

Philip Rabe, responsible for InvaSave sales at Damen, commented: “We’re delighted that the Damen InvaSave is finally operational in a commercial environment. It is a unique product and, in many cases, it enables ports to offer vessel owners a viable and cost-effective alternative to retrofitting on-board systems. And, in the event of failure of an onboard system, ports can offer owners a means by which they can access ballast water treatment at short notice, ensuring minimal downtime.”

The IMO-approved Damen InvaSave is the world’s first external ballast water treatment unit designed primarily for use in ports. The system receives ballast water from inbound vessels and treats it to IMO D-2 standard to eliminate potentially invasive marine micro-organisms. It can also deliver water treated to the same standard to outbound vessels. Its mobile, containerised format means that it can be operated from the dockside or from onboard a vessel alongside.

The new unit is now ready for operations at the harbour of Delfzijl and Eemshaven for vessels either without, or with malfunctioning, onboard BWTS capability. MariFlex also plans to have a second operational in Rotterdam ahead of the September implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

Harvey Gulf Delivers 4th LNG Powered Vessel

9HarveyFreedomHarvey Gulf International Marine announced that it has accepted delivery of its fourth LNG-powered Offshore Supply Vessel. The M/V HARVEY FREEDOM, built at Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in Gulfport, MS is 310’ x 64’ x 24.5’, U.S. Flagged Subchapter I and L, SOLAS compliant and capable of carrying 253,000 USG of Fuel Oil, 18,000 Bbls of Liquid Mud, 1,600 Bbls of Methanol, 10,250ft3 of Dry Cement and 78,000 USG of LNG fuel.

In addition to being powered by cleaner burning natural gas, the vessel is “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” certified by ABS, making her, and her sister ships, the most environmental friendly OSV’s in the Gulf of Mexico.

The HARVEY FREEDOM will be based out of Port Fourchon, LA and will immediately begin a five-year charter with a major oil and gas company.

Mr. Shane Guidry, Chairman and CEO of Harvey Gulf, commented “The delivery of the Harvey Freedom and commencement of her five-year charter shows Harvey Gulf’s continued commitment to the environment and the success of LNG power in our industry.”

Collaborative Approach Delivers Major Step Forward in Vessel Monitoring Services

10Marine Monitoring Image 2Leading supply base operator ASCO has joined forces with Ultra Electronics to deliver an important step forward in vessel monitoring services.

Working in collaboration with Ultra Electronics Surveillance & Security Systems (ULTRA), ASCO has been awarded a major, long-term contract by an international operator for the provision of integrated collision avoidance monitoring which improves marine safety.

Thanks to the alliance, Ultra Electronics will use multiple platform-based radar early warning systems (REWS) to detect and gather vessel data to address the risks posed to offshore installations by marine traffic. This data will then be sent onshore to be centrally monitored and co-ordinated by ASCO’s control room team which includes master mariners providing a 24/7, 365 day a year service. The data will also be tracked by offshore platforms and Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs).

ASCO UK CEO Craig Lennox commented: “This announcement is particularly timely in view of the ongoing efforts by the Marine Safety Forum’s 500m safety zone industry work group. Ultimately, our goal is to combine existing radar capability and supplement it with the innovative technology and skill of both organisations to create an interconnected network for the North Sea vessel market – and that is a very exciting prospect.

”Craig Revie of Ultra Electronics added: “By partnering with ASCO, we are offering an innovative partnership which will deliver significant benefits across the life of the project. Providing monitoring and safety systems that reduce manpower and increase opportunities for the efficient deployment of assets, ULTRA hope to expand this approach to other offshore operators in the North Sea and other regions to support cost saving during these challenging times.”

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Bollinger Delivers the 23rd Fast Response Cutter to The USCG -- The USCGC Benjamin Dailey

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY, the 23rd Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on April 20, 2017 in Key West, Florida and the vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for July 4, 2017 in Pascagoula, MS.

6BenjaminDaileyUSCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

“We are pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be stationed in Pascagoula, MS. FRCs already in commission stationed in the mid-Atlantic and the South Eastern U.S. have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many lives. In just one case, on February 28, 2017 the Coast Guard announced that the Coast Guard Cutter JOSEPH NAPIER, a Bollinger built FRC, had seized 4.2 tons of cocaine in international waters north of Paramaribo, Suriname, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard cutters that will serve our Nation for decades to come. We are extremely proud that the Fast Response Cutters built locally on the bayou by Louisiana craftsmen are having such a major impact on our nation’s security. We at Bollinger Shipyards are looking forward to hearing of the heroic exploits of the USCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY as it joins the Coast Guard’s operational fleet.”

The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC BENJAMIN DAILEY is the 23rd vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. This will be the first FRC to be stationed in the 8th Coast Guard District in Pascagoula, MS. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida, San Juan, PR, Cape May, NJ and Ketchikan, AK. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat.

Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Benjamin Dailey. Dailey, Keeper of the Cape Hatteras Life-Saving Station, was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on April 24, 1885 for his exceptional bravery in one of the most daring rescues by the Life-Saving Service.

Wärtsilä to Power World's First LNG Fueled Offshore Construction Vessel

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply the engines and other propulsion machinery for a new offshore construction vessel being built at the Cosco shipyard in China. The ship owner is Belgian operator Dredging International (DEME). This will be the first vessel of its kind to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and in addition to the dual-fuel engines, Wärtsilä will also provide its LNGPac fuel storage and supply system and propulsion systems. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in February 2017.

7OrionThe world's first LNG fueled offshore construction vessel being built for DEME will be powered by Wärtsilä.

"The decision to utilise clean burning LNG fuel represents our commitment to provide environmentally sustainable solutions for our operations. Wärtsilä has extensive experience and vast technological know-how in this field, which is why we have selected them as our partner in this project," says Jan Gabriel, Head of newbuilding and conversion department at DEME.

"We are pleased to have been involved in this newbuild project from the conceptual design stage, since this enables our input on providing the most fuel efficient solution. We are also delighted that the Wärtsilä 46DF engine has been selected, as the dual-fuel version of this well proven and popular engine has only recently been introduced," says Arthur Boogaard, General Manager, Business Development Special Vessels at Wärtsilä.

This 210 metre long vessel, the 'Orion', will be powered by four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 46DF dual-fuel electric propulsion engines, and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. Wärtsilä will also supply two custom made retractable thrusters, four underwater demountable thrusters, the Wärtsilä LNGPac storage and supply system, as well as commissioning, site supervision and extended project management services. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the latter part of 2017.

The 'Orion' is expected to be delivered to the owners in 2018 and will undertake operations involving the installation of offshore windfarms in locations around the world.

DEME is a long-standing customer of Wärtsilä and has, in recent years, utilised Wärtsilä solutions for numerous vessels, including three hopper dredgers, a cable installation vessel, a cutter suction dredger vessel, as well as the 'Orion' offshore construction vessel.

Working Together to Provide Damen’s Green Solutions

Bringing together the experience and knowledge of two Damen companies is the close cooperation between Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC). The two companies combine their specific skill sets to offer ship owners a smoother transition towards compliance with new environmental regulations and cleaner sailing.

8 1Damen Marcel Karsijns Kees Jan Groen lowresMarcel Karsijns, Managing Director of Damen Green Solutions & Kees Jan Groen, Commercial Director at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion

Regarding the subjects of Ballast Water Management, exhaust after treatment systems, LNG conversions and also other, more traditional, methods of cleaner shipping, the synergy between Damen Green Solutions and DSC provides ship owners and operators the very realistic benefits of proven project management skills, reduced downtime and informed product selection.

Smoothing the way for compliance

Since the IMO-ratification of the Ballast Water Management Convention last year, ship owners have been left with no choice but to tackle their Ballast Water Treatment issues head on. However, with close to 70 different manufacturers offering Ballast Water Treatment Systems, selecting the best option for a vessel can be a daunting task.

Damen Green Solutions’ approach to this has been to help ship owners make the right decision. “We have investigated the market thoroughly – looking into the pros and cons of all the available systems,” says Marcel Karsijns, Managing Director of Damen Green Solutions. “This includes the technology, the energy consumption, the physical footprint of the system and the after sales service. With this information, we have made sales agreements with the best Ballast Water Treatment Systems producers.”

The added value of combining the knowledge and experience of Damen Green Solutions and DSC is seen in the fact that an entire Ballast Water Treatment System retrofit can be handled in one contract. “This is the One-Stop-Shop that we talk about,” continues Mr Karsijns. “Damen Green Solutions deals with the work preparation and planning and then DSC performs the project management and execution in a very efficient way – with minimal downtime. This is what they specialise in.”

Cleaner emissions

Also included into the concept of green solutions are exhaust after treatment systems; known as scrubbers. “For a ship owner, a scrubber represents an investment that he will see a return on,” says Kees Jan Groen, Commercial Director at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion. “The difference in price between HFO and MDO will determine how fast he sees a return on that investment.”

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“We have built up valuable experience performing scrubber retrofits. Of course, every ship is different, but we can transfer the knowledge gained from previous projects to new projects that we are planning.”

DSC has developed a modular approach to scrubber installation where some components are installed in the funnel and others on the deck to reduce the amount of work in the engine room. “Our competitive strength comes in being able to complete complex projects in tight schedules to the highest quality,” states Mr. Groen.

Once again, close cooperation between Damen and a specialist manufacturer has been important. “We found a partner in AEC, part of the VDL group,” adds Mr. Karsijns. “They have an IMO-certified scrubber system which is very cost effective.”

Conversion experience

Another subject in the sustainability conversation concerns Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This is often described as the ‘transition’ fuel towards cleaner shipping because, even though LNG emissions still contain significant levels of CO2, they are much cleaner in terms of NOx, SOx and Particulate Materials. For ship owners examining the possibility of an LNG engine conversion, it is DSC’s existing experience with conversion projects in EPC contracts that is often the initial stimulus to make contact.

“The LNG industry is taking its first steps. Even though it is still at a small scale, we are seeing more and more enquiries,” says Mr Groen. “With engine conversion contracts, we have all the procedures in place to complete the project on time and on budget. This includes all the engineering and installation work while integrating the specifications with contractors and suppliers.”

Don’t forget low-tech

Mr Groen is also keen to point out that certain ‘green solutions’ do not necessarily have to involve extensive engineering and preparatory work. “A ship owner can utilise low-tech solutions too,” he says. “For example, getting a vessel into drydock to clean the propeller, and then clean and repaint the hull with antifouling can yield instant results in terms of fuel consumption. What’s more, we offer this type of service based on a fixed number of days and a fixed price.”

ELA Container Offshore GmbH Delivers Office Containers for MPI Enterprise

ELA Container Offshore GmbH has recently delivered three ELA Offshore Multipurpose Rooms on the MPI Enterprise, an offshore construction jack up vessel. The vessel, which is designed to transport, lift, install and decommission components such as jackets, monopiles, wind turbines and transformer stations, has been contracted to complete a turbine installation project including monopiles.

The ELA Offshore Containers are equipped as Office containers and will be used during the offshore transportation and installation of turbines on an Offshore Wind Farm.

12MPI EnterpriseThe MPI Enterprise is an offshore construction jack up vessel designed to transport, lift, install and decommission components such as jackets, wind turbines, monopiles and transformer stations

The containers are expected to be used until July 2017 and are equipped with tables, whiteboards, cabinets, chairs, fire extinguishers and trash cans as requested by the client. These containers will offer employees the best possibility to work offshore while still feeling at home in well-designed containers with wooden details in the interior. ‘’Thanks to their ISO 20 ft. High Cube dimensions and plug & play system, lifting and installing the containers is very easy. Hence the reason why the client chose to install the containers themselves’’ says Frank ter Haak, Business Development Manager at ELA Container Offshore. In addition, all containers are delivered with a technical handbook, explaining the electrical outfitting of the containers and enabling a smooth connection to the board system. ‘’If assistance during assembly or disassembly is required, ELA technicians will be able at any time to assist during installation in any on- or offshore location in the world’’, continues ter Haak.

Within 10 days after the purchase order ELA Container Offshore was able to deliver the containers to the mobilization port, where they were installed on the vessel. In addition, parent company ELA Container GmbH has also provided onshore containers for the companies in the mobilizing port. Hence, the ELA Container Group worked closely together to offer an ‘’all-in-package’’ both on- and offshore to satisfy all needs and requirements of their customers. Thanks to good communication between ELA Container Offshore and the client, delivery went smoothly and the containers are currently being used during the installation project, both on- and offshore.

ELA Container Offshore has already gained diverse experience in the Offshore-Wind and Offshore Oil & Gas Industry. Whether on pontoons, transformer platforms, rigs or supply vessels - ELA Container is the ideal partner, offering tailor-made concepts for all requirements in the form of Living Quarters, Offices, Dining Rooms, Galleys, Laundries, Recreation or Locker Rooms and all types of Carrying Units. ELA Offshore containers are equipped with all the necessary utilities. This guarantees, in combination with all ELA Offshore features, a long service life, functionality and comfort.

The high quality Containers are “Made in Germany” according to German quality standards and possess all necessary certifications such as DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079-1, DNV 2.7-2, based on SOLAS, IMO FSS Code and MLC as well as CSC and are approved from several IACS-companies. In terms of fire resistance, an A60 insulation provides high safety standards. Every container will be checked before delivery. Depending on customer requirements, ELA Offshore Containers are individually customized, immediately operational and are available at short notice.

The main features of ELA offshore accommodations include:

  • Flexibility on demand
  • One base type with various accommodation solutions
  • Easy handling thanks to standard 20ft High-Cube ISO standard dimensions
  • Highest quality standards